In our world today there are many groups and theories that claim that their aim is for the greater good of a country. However, when studied more closely it becomes apparent that some movements and schools of thought are really meant to divide and to bring power to specific people and groups. In 2021, the whole issue of race is being used to foster division and discord. Remember, however, that some person or group will gain power.
The Civil War was fought to preserve the Union and to end the institution of slavery. The War legally ended slavery but the actual practice of prohibiting some people full civil rights took many years to become the law of the land in practice. Much of that is because human beings usually work through a process to arrive at the best solution.
There are people who want to destroy the United States and out Constitution because it hinders their plans and goals as to how they want the country to run. These goals can only be achieved if there is constant division and disunity. Enter The Critical Race Theory.
The Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the view that our law and legal institutions are inherently racist. The theory claims that race itself, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, is a socially constructed concept that is used by white people to further their economic and political interests at the expense of people of color. Therefore, racial inequality emerges from the social, economic and legal differences that white people create between “races” to maintain elite white interests in labor markets and politics which give rise to poverty and criminality in many minority communities.
The CRT movement officially organized itself in 1989 at the first annual Workshop on Critical Race Theory although the intellectual origins go back to the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Derrick Bell and Alan Freeman have been credited with the start of CRT. They were frustrated with the slow pace of racial reform in the United States and argued that the traditional approaches of combating racism were producing smaller gains than in previous years. CRT is an outgrowth of Critical Legal Studies which was a leftist movement that challenged traditional legal scholarship. They were joined by Richard Delgado and in 1989 held their first conference in Madison, Wisconsin which was the beginning of the CRT as a movement. There have been spin-offs from the original movement. Sub-disciplines with CRT are Latina/o Critical Theory, feisty queer-crit interest group and Asian American Legal Scholarship. One example of CRT was the following statement at the National Museum for African American History and Culture.
It claimed that the following things were bad because they were part of “whiteness.”
If successful non-white people were asked about this list, it is probable that they all utilized many of these concepts to achieve their success.
Russell Vought, Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Trump, called CRT “divisive” and “anti-American propaganda” adding that the far-left ideology falsely promotes the notion that “there is racism embedded in the belief that America is the land of opportunity or the belief that the most qualified person should receive a job.” His memo stated:
“These types of “trainings” not only run counter to the fundamental beliefs for which our Nation has stood since its inception, but they also engender division and resentment within the Federal workforce. We can be proud that as an employer, the Federal government has employees of all races, ethnicities and religions. We can be proud that Americans from all over the country seek to join our workforce and dedicate themselves to public service. We can be proud of our continued efforts to welcome all individuals who seek to serve their fellow Americans as Federal employees. However, we cannot accept our employees receiving training that seeks to undercut our core values as Americans and drive division within our workforce.”
President Trump directed that Federal agencies cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions. On day one of his administration President Biden issued an executive order removing President Trump’s directive regarding CRT.
So how is the CRT being promulgated in the United States today? It is primarily in the schools although CRT has proliferated in the corporate world. The message defines human history as a struggle between the “oppressors” (white people) and the “oppressed” (everybody else). This rationale is similar to Marx’s reduction of history to a struggle between the “bourgeois” and the “proletariat.” CRT labels institutions that have emerged in majority white societies as racist and “white supremacist.” CRT advocates claim that the theory merely recognizes that systemic racism is part of American life.
CRT is being taught and discussed with children as young as the first grade. White children are being criticized for being white and made to feel there is something the matter with them. Many schools are having the entire curriculum hijacked by looking at an academic subject mainly through the prism of race.
As we hopefully return to more normal times, parents must be constantly involved in their children’s classes and schools. Parents need to speak out against CRT and what it does to white children. How are white children supposed to leave school with any sort of healthy ego? Will children of minority groups think they are being discriminated against? Will they know how to act? Will children of different races be able to get along in society? Last, but certainly not least, we need solid Conservatives running for School Board positions. Being a School Board member is not an easy job but more people who understand what schools are supposed to be teaching need to step up and take a leadership role in the education of our children.